Tuesday November 27: Celebrating the Renegade Press at ACA Galleries in Chelsea. This series features a different indie publisher each month. November's guest is Big Game Books (of Washington, D.C.). Big Game Books editor Maureen Thorson will host and there will be readings from Sandra Beasley, Shafer Hall, Ada Limón, Logan Ryan Smith, and music from Alex Battles. Wine, cheese, and crackers, too. Curated by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum. ACA Galleries. 529 W 20th St. 6 pm. Free.

Wednesday November 28: True crime writer Joe McGinniss reads from his book Never Enough about a pair of rich, doomed brothers—one murdered in Hong Kong and the other found stabbed to death in Connecticut. I'm a nerd, I love this kind of stuff. Upper West Side Barnes and Noble. 2289 Broadway @82nd. 7pm. Free.

Also Wednesday: Former Harper's editor Lewis Lapham is talking about his new magazine Lapham's Quarterly at Border's Books. His journal will have new articles on current events as well as historic essays on similar topics (war, economic issues, etc). Interesting. Border's Books. 461 Park Ave @57th. 7pm. Free.

ALSO also Wednesday: Jeez Weds is a big day this week. The PEN American Center has a new series at South Paw in Brooklyn where they bring artists and writers together to discuss what makes writing matter today. This week we've got writers Rick Moody and Wesley Stace (also known as the musician John Wesley Harding) and singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

Saturday December 1-Sunday December 2: The New York Center for Independent Publishing is having its annual indie and small press book fair this weekend. There are tables full of books and things to browse as well as a bunch of talks and programming from publicity how-tos to a panel on sex and violence with Amy Scholder, Chad Post, Slava Mogutin, and Sinan Antoon. Also, weirdly, A Public Space literary journal faces off again the New York Review of Books in a literary trivia quiz contest. I'll probably go to this on Sunday. New York Center for Independent Publishing. 20 W 44th St. Sat 10am–6pm. Sun 11am–5pm. Free.

Yeah.... we haven't been posting enough... we feel so guilty. Especially since we got written up in the current issue of Paper Magazine (with Daft Punk on the cover) and my counter tells me we have a lot of new hits. All I can say is I'm giggling like a schoolgirl.... although I feel like they haven't looked very hard into our archives. Hint.

Anyway, we've been busy. Ms. Keough is in school and madly completing projects while I'm overwhelmed by watching cartoons. We also just launched a new design of our site, R&S Media and are in the throws of completing our zine, which will be coming out in early December (We decided to put our money where our mouth is).

ALSO, Ms. Keough has photography in the current issue of Famous Magazine, which is available at better magazine stands and bookstores.

Thanksgiving!

11/20/07

Good morning everyone. I about to head out of town for Thanksgiving and will be taking the week off. I hope you all have a great week and I'll be back to my regularly scheduled program on Monday, November 26th.

alma.jpgEver since Mr. Mcginnis and I went to the Booklyn Salon, I've been all inspired to make more handmade stuff. I want to make a couple of rubber stamps for a new project. Instead of using a custom rubber stamp company, I looked around on the internet for some instructions for making my own. Scrapjazz, a scrapbook web forum, has good detailed instructions here. Alma Stoller has a really good rubber stamp carving tutorial over here. She also makes stuff and you can buy her stuff at her ETSY store.

One of my favorite stores in London was Muji (partly because It was one I could actually afford)... FINALLY Muji is coming to NY in two days! And yes.... they have a few magazine accessories.

Flickr Finds: The Modern Ephemera Society

Yes... House and Garden is dead. So what. Bleck. Media Life reports that publishing houses are headed for more tough times.... while Dave Eggers suggests a more appealing alternate model.

The very talented Julia Rothman (she of the marvelous Book By it's Cover Blog) has designed an extremely cute mug... BUY IT (Select "JULIAR" from the drop down menu to see it)! Available at Urban Outfitters for $14.00

Monday November 12: Bob Christgau, writer, former Village Voice music editor, and all around awesome guy, presents a reading from Best Music Writing 2007 which he edited with Daphne Carr. Contributors include Sasha Frere-Jones, David Kastin and Elisabeth Vincentelli (who ponders the politics of the Eurovision Song Contest). I've always wanted to know more about the mystery that is Eurovision. And I'm a longtime fan of both Bob and Housing Works Bookstore. Housing Works Bookstore Café. 126 Crosby St. 7pm. Free.

Tuesday November 13:
An Evening with Grand Union at Anthology Film Archives. Ooooh! Grand Union was an improvisation group of downtown New York choreographers that originated at the Judson Church specifically out of Yvonne Rainer's Continuous Project-Altered Daily. Members of this amazing group will be reuniting at this event, including Rainer, David Gordon, and Douglas Dunn. This program is a part of Performa07, the performing arts biennial that's going on right now all over town. Anthology Film Archives. 32 2nd. Avenue. 7:30pm. Price unknown. I assume regular movie ticket price. Side note: Reinventing Dance in the 1960s is a good book to read about this period of dance and performance art history.

Also on Tuesday: Circus '68 at Home Sweet Home, 131 Chrystie between Delancey and Broome. Hosted by Flaunt Magazine. 10pm - Late. Free beer. See Flyer Below.

Wednesday November 14: A reading series at Happy Ending? I can't recall an evening spent there sober enough to pay attention to someone reading something... But I'd like to give it a shot, er I mean a try. This week's guests are short-story author Jonathan Baumbach (On the Way to My Father’s Funeral) and novelists Sam Michel (Big Dogs & Flyboys) and Irini Spanidou (Before). Happy Ending. 302 Broome St. 8pm. Free.

Thursday November 15: Bruce Benderson reads from his new book Sex and Isolation at NYU's Bobst Library. Bobst. 70 Washington Sq South. 6pm. Free.

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The 6th Annual New Orleans Bookfair
Saturday, November 10th 10AM to 6PM
500-600 Blocks of Frenchman St.
New Orleans, LA

Even the little ole' scarred town of New Orleans is having a bookfair this fall. Believe it or not, people still live there, still read and write and are still producing books, 'zines and events! New Orleans is alive and kicking! Even though you might not be in N.O this weekend, you can still check out these wonderful New Orleans books and organizations - buy some stuff to support the local creative economy!

Continue Reading New Orleans: Alive and Printing!

Interview with magazine god Fabien Baron [via magCulture]

Flickr Finds: Mad Magazine covers 50's-70's

Check out Visual Resistance, a great street art blog

journal61.JPGA nice fellow named Hamish MacDonald writes a long, full of info post on the pros and cons of the various methods of publishing a book for No Media Kings website. There is also a ton more useful info in the comments area.

Curiously Crafty has a straightforward how to for making a simple hardcover journal.

A tutorial on bookmaking from Instructables. As usual, lots of helpful hints from the comment gallery.

Last night Ms. Keough, myself and our pal Mariana went down to Greenpoint to meet these cool, crafty kids at Booklyn. We checked out a lot of gorgeous books, had some beer and got a few cool presents, pictured above. They've really inspired us to get down to business on our own book projects. Booklyn is an incredible resource for learning about bookmaking and maybe even getting your own book distributed. If you don't know them, nows the time. Thanks Amy and Cat, and also Jeremy!



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